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review 2019-01-18 01:46
Cujo - audiobook
Cujo - Stephen King,Simon & Schuster Audio,Lorna Raver

Audience: Adult

Format: Audio

Library Copy


Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the town of Castle Rock, Maine.

- first sentence


This is a reread for me and I didn’t remember many details. I think I avoided it because of my love of dogs. I listened to the audio; Lorna Raver gives an excellent performance and helped me get lost in the story.


I was surprised by the beginning stuff about the monster (serial killer) Frank Dodd. I found myself wondering what that had to do with the rabid dog. But this story isn’t about a rabid dog. It’s about evil… evil and coincidences. It’s also a look back in time at what was once thought acceptable in a marriage.


As the story progresses, the parts with Cujo are separated by the stories of the Trenton family and the Camber family. Each family is dealing with their own issues, and these ultimately lead to the events which conclude with the showdown of mother and child trapped in a Pinto by Cujo.


It broke my heart to listen to Cujo’s thoughts as the disease progressed and he gradually went mad. But it was easier to read/listen to than it was to watch the movie. All I really remember from the movie is the part with Cujo and the car. I might have to watch it again just for comparison.


So, is an Evil force controlling the events that lead to the heartbreaking conclusion, or is it just coincidence? Does it even matter?


I'm using this for "C" in the Goodreads HA A-Z challenge.

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review 2018-10-02 21:55
Bag of Bones ★★★☆☆
Bag of Bones - Stephen King,Stephen King,Simon & Schuster Audio

This is a hard book for me to review. It’s got great creepy atmosphere and the mystery at its heart is fun to unravel. At the same time, it’s a hot mess of disjointed reveals, cartoonish villains, unconvincing romance, and a murderous revenant that I felt more sympathy for than almost any other character. Plus, the author gets unpleasantly meta, with the (author) main character musing on the injustice of fiction writers everywhere killing off their characters as a convenience when they aren’t sure what else to do with them, then… you guessed it. Unlike most SK books, I was ready for this one to be over long before the final pages.



Hardcover version, which has been on my shelf since I bought it brand new in 1998. I’d never written a review, so this is a re-read for the 2018 Halloween Bingo. I’ve decided to use Stephen King for my Wild Card author, but I’m holding onto it for now until I decide where best to play it.

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review 2018-09-25 00:32
Thank you for your service
Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford - George Newbern,Lisa McCubbin,Clint Hill

This was exactly what I expect: an oblique look at five presidents with whom many of us are already familiar. I find that the unsung hero of this book was Mrs. Hill, who, much like navy wives, pretty much raised her two sons her own while her husband did his job. Thank you, Mrs. Hill, for your sacrifice.


It helped that my expectations were low. I did not expect to learn any deep dark secrets about the Secret Service or even about the people it protected. Honestly, except for portions that cover the JFK assassination, there were no surprises for me.


One thing that did drive me crazy was the narrator, who did not do his homework and who made mistake after mistake in pronouncing what were household names -- Sander Vanocur, Wally Shirra, Pago Pago (which is pronounced Pango, Pango), Judge Sirica, Minot ND(/ˈmnɒt/ (About this sound listen) MY-not), William Ruckelshaus, just to name a few. I was 12 when Kennedy was assassinated. Drives me crazy when narrators don't take the time to learn the correct pronunciation of a name--and when it comes to names, there is only one correct pronunciation: the one used by the person you are talking about. I'll get off my soapbox now.

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text 2018-06-15 19:47
End of Watch - Finished!
End of Watch: A Novel - Stephen King,Simon & Schuster Audio,Will Patton

Maybe even better this time than it was on the first reading. Now I can take The Outsider off pause, and start from the beginning. 


Original review here. I was re-reading the Bill Hodges trilogy before I go on with The Outsider, since there is supposed to be at least one character making a reappearance. 

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review 2018-02-08 15:58
The Last Black Unicorn
The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish,Tiffany Haddish,Simon & Schuster Audio

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’ve seen Tiffany give several interviews concerning the book and her stories are just too good not to hear/read.

The Story:

Tiffany might be one of the best souls I’ve ever gotten to know a piece of in my time on this earth. The things she has been through, the abuse, the dark times and she is still willing to open her arms and love people. Love the people who hurt her dearly, even if she don’t mess with them no more she doesn’t seem to have a stitch of hate for them. You can’t tell me that is not a winning spirit.

Tiffany’s story is complex. She’s dealt with more than her share of emotional trauma but she’s made the best of it. She’s channeled her pain into a love of making people laugh. I’m so glad she followed her heart back to the comedy stage. I hope her future is nothing but love, success and joy.

The Random Thoughts:

I hope Roscoe contacts Tiffany.

The Score Card:


4 Stars

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